OZ Cabbie November 2013
The national minimum wage is currently $16.37 per hour or $622.20 for a 38-hour week. Casual employees covered by the national minimum wage also get at least a 24 per cent casual loading. An employee cannot be paid less than the national minimum wage.
How much do you as a bailee driver make an hour?
In October I reported on a case that was being fought in the Fair Work Commission between a bailee driver and his operator. The dispute was not over income, but about unfair dismissal. However, for the Commission to decide whether to hear the case it had to decide if the driver was an employee. If it decided he was not, which was the expected outcome, the case would be thrown out. However, in what was a shock decision, the Commissioner, John Ryan, decided that the driver was indeed an employee of the operator.
I explained the circumstances last month and predicted that the operator would appeal. I also predicted that his legal representation would be provided by the taxi industry mafia aka the Victorian Taxi Association. Both predictions have shown to be true. The full story starts in Mafia behind appeal to protect sham contracting and the archaic ‘bailee’ classification of cabbies.
The Abbott Government has established a Commission of Audit to find ways to save money. The opposition has accused the government of stacking it with big-business representatives and ideological fellow travellers. One of those ‘fellow travellers’ is no other than Dr Peter Boxall, the chairman of IPART, the NSW regulator of taxi fares and licences.
Also last month we reported that IPART had announced its review of fares and licence releases for 2014/15. On 22 October it held a public hearing, which was attended by representatives from all sectors of the NSW industry, the chairman of the ESC in Victoria, Dr Ron Ben-David, who is also in the middle of a fare review, and a few outsiders. For IPART to launch a review before it is able to provide the facts about this year’s tender of 250 new licences and without knowing what impact they and the recent fare adjustment will have on the income of drivers and operators, is unconscionable. Most of those attending the hearing expressed that sentiment loud and clear.
A full run-down starts in Boxall’s attack on the taxi industry is tantamount to economic genocide.
There is also a LATE NEWS report from the appeal hearing before the Fair Work Commission in Melbourne in Late News: Fair Work Commission Appeal Hearing.
As the matters mentioned above are of considerable importance, I have gone into considerable detail. It may not be your idea of a good read, but I suggest you make the effort.
Keep those wheels turning and that meter running.